Improvement Panel to meet in public for first time

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel, which is monitoring the progress being made by Birmingham City Council in implementing its improvement programme, will be holding a meeting in public on 11th June.

The Panel will be considering a progress report from the Council about the implementation of the recommendations made in the Kerslake Review, published at the end of 2014.

Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Ian Ward, Leader and Deputy Leader respectively of the Council and Mark Rogers, Chief Executive, will respond to questions from the Panel and from members of the public.

Immediately following that session the leaders of the two opposition parties, Cllr Robert Alden (Conservative) and Cllr Paul Tilsley (Liberal Democrat) will, in succession, respond to questions from the Panel and the public.

The meeting will also be webcast here

The Council’s progress report to the Panel will be published on the Council’s website a week before the Panel meeting. John Crabtree, Chair of the Panel, said: “This first public meeting of the Panel will provide a good opportunity for the Council to demonstrate that progress  is being made in relation to key elements of its improvement plans. I am very keen that residents and anyone interested in the future of Birmingham should take the opportunity to find out more and question the city’s leaders by attending in person or via the webcast.”


For further information please contact Lucie Perrins, PA to John Crabtree

Mobile 07787 522003


The meeting of the Panel will be held in the Council Chamber at the Council House between 12 noon and 2.30pm on Thursday 11th June.


In December 2014 Sir Bob Kerslake published The way forward: an independent review of the governance and organisational capabilities of Birmingham City Council. Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government had asked Sir Bob Kerslake to conduct the independent review.

Alongside the recommendations in the Kerslake report relating to action Birmingham City Council should take, Sir Bob Kerslake recommended that the Secretary of State appoint an independent improvement Panel to work with the Council to provide robust challenge and support.

The Improvement Panel was set up in January 2015. Its members are John Crabtree OBE (chair), Frances Done CBE (vice chair), Cllr Keith Wakefield (former leader of Leeds City Council), and Steve Robinson (chief executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council). Lord Warner and Sir Mike Tomlinson, as children’s services commissioners for Birmingham, are ex-officio members.



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